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About cynephilia

Lifetime student of and devourer of international Cinema. Artist, teacher, traveller - especially to my "other home", Java, Indonesia. Features writer for 14 years, for The Jakarta Post, national English language daily newspaper. I was born in New Zealand, but lived in Queensland, Australia since 1970. My profound link with Indonesia began in 1983, when visiting Bali (then an island of arts and of inspiration for an artist), and then again in 1994 when a visit to Yogyakarta, Java, began a process of that town and it's warm people becoming another home and extended family for me. Yogyakarta is the Artistic capital of Indonesia, and so it was the place for me. In 2000 I became a regular contributor about the arts for The Jakarta Post, and cinema, my lifetime passion, later began to become my focus for writing. The advent of The Asia Pacific Screen Awards, (APSA) in South East Queensland, launched in 2007 gave me opportunities to meet some the great film-makers of Asia, and see their amazing work. APSA is a kind of "Oscars" for the Asia-Pacific Region.

“The 15:17 to Paris” (2018) Directed by Clint Eastwood. (review by Cynthia Webb)

“The 15/17 to PARIS” (2018) Directed by Clint Eastwood By Cynthia Webb Perhaps Clint Eastwood’s days as a great director are over, going by his latest offering. Or perhaps this screenplay just didn’t have enough interest in it to sustain … Continue reading

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“Ellipsis” (2018) Directed by David Wenham (Australia)

“ELLIPSIS” directed by David Wenham. (Australia) Cynthia Webb, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia Australian actor David Wenham has been on many a film set starring in some of this country’s finest films, – also television. He began to ponder the matter … Continue reading

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‘DARKEST HOUR”, Directed by Joe Wright (UK, 2018)

“Darkest Hour” – by Joe Wright (UK, 2018) comments by Cynthia Webb Pretty soon, this film will be collecting major awards on both sides of the Atlantic! “Darkest Hour” is the best film of a recent burst of Winston Churchill … Continue reading

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‘Sekala, Niskala” (The Seen and Unseen) directed by Kamila Andini, 2017, Indonesia Review by Cynthia Webb

The island of Bali in Indonesia has become a tourist magnet of powerful attraction, but probably the majority of tourists just enjoy their holiday, and don’t know very much at all about the unique culture and religious lives of the … Continue reading

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Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2017 by Cynthia Webb

APSA entered its second decade this year, with a line-up of breathtaking films in the nominations for the awards presented on 23rd November 2017. Even before the awards night and after watching quite a large number of the nominated films … Continue reading

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Second nomination in APSA, for Kamila Andini of Indonesia

Kamila Andini gains a nomination at Asia Pacific Screen Awards Cynthia Webb, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia It has been five years since an Indonesian film has made it through the process of elimination, to be nominated for an APSA. Kamila … Continue reading

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“Loving Vincent” (Poland/UK) 2017)

“LOVING VINCENT” (2017) Co-Production, Poland/UK directed by Dorota kobiela and Hugh Welchman review and comments by Cynthia Webb, Gold Coast, Australia This beautiful work has made history in the field of Animation cinema. For people with a particular interest in … Continue reading

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“24 Frames” (2017) by Abbas Kiarostami

“24 FRAMES” by Abbas Kiarostami (2017) Comments by Cynthia Webb Screening in Brisbane International Film Festival, QLD, Australia,29th August, 6.00pm at Palace Barracks Cinema, and finally, on 3rd September, 12.30pm at Palace Barracks Cinema Cinephiles have long loved and respected … Continue reading

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“Graduation” (“Bacalaureat”) by Cristian Mungiu (Romania) 2016

GRADUATION (or “Bacalaureat”) Cristian Mungiu (Romania, 2017) comments by Cynthia Webb (Screening at Brisbane International Film Festival,(BIFF) QLD, Australia, 27th August, 8.00pm Palace Barracks Cinema) Another fine work by this leading Romanian director, who won Best Director Award at Cannes … Continue reading

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“The Square” directed by Ruben Ostlund (Sweden) (Winner of the Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2017) Review by Cynthia Webb “The Square” was the opening night film for the newly revived Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF). It’s an utterly contemporary … Continue reading

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